SMTN Training and Education

We are passionate about providing training and education for all professionals involved in the management of Major Trauma patients. We have a comprehensive training and education programme enabling us to continually improve the care we deliver to our patients.


Trauma is one of the leading caused of death and disability across England and Wales.

The Severn Major Trauma Network was set up to manage and influence care for seriously injured patients from injury to rehabilitation. The Network serves both adult and children's Major Trauma and has an adult population of around 2.30 million and children's population of approximately 810,000.

The Network is committed to reducing avoidable deaths and life limiting injuries. We aim to improve care for seriously injured patients across the whole patient pathway from point of injury to rehabilitation. This is achieved by collaboration between multiple specialties, professions and organisations.

As a Network we aim to deliver exceptional care for all our patients. This care should be of the highest quality, delivered with respect and dignity in a safe environment. It should be individually tailored for the needs of each patient and will involve their carers and relatives. This can be summarised as “Exceptional Healthcare, personally delivered”.

The care will be delivered in a coordinated way involving multiple organisations and multiple different specialities and individuals.

This care will not stop at point of hospital discharge or following the death of a patient.

We will constantly evaluate and improve the care that is delivered by adhering to a robust governance programme that includes participation in audit, education and research.

Integral to these aims and our philosophy of care is training and education of the clinicians delivering the service.

Where does training and education fit in?

Education and training is integral to the function of the Severn Major Trauma Network. This includes everything from education of juniors and those new to our systems and procedures, through to training existing clinicians in the less common events that have catastrophic consequences if managed poorly. This is true at every stage of the patients’ journey from injury to rehabilitation.

The training we offer here at Severn Major Trauma Network also has roles in the dissemination of lessons learnt through the governance process; the implementation of new or amended guidelines; and as a method to test existing systems and highlighting areas for service improvement, including Emergency Preparedness.

Governance cycle

The clinical guidelines and procedures define the syllabus for the training education courses delivered. In addition any key learning points and outputs from morbidity and mortality case reviews, audit and service improvement projects, and the evidence base in the peer reviewed literature are integrated into the training and education packages. This may be alteration of existing courses or a bespoke one off course to fulfil a particular need.

All training and education is reviewed internal as part of the quality assurance process. External quality assurance is provided by external reviews of our trauma system as a whole and through invitation of external reviewers to participate in the courses.

Figure 1. Trauma Training and Education governance relationships

SMTN Training and Education